The Roma manager revealed that the Italy international will pen a new deal with the club, but believes the Giallorossi ‘did not play well’ when they won the battle against CSKA Sofia 5-1.
had a tough start, as their defensive mistake had them a goal down early doors, but they managed to secure their sixth win out of six matches this season.
scored a brace and other players who found the back of the net were Stephan El Shaarawy, Gianluca Mancini and Tammy Abraham.
We did not play well. At times we did well, a strong team is coming together, we have already talked about it and must be even more of a team when we go into the difficult moments,”
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“However, I was not satisfied with the performance at all. We did not play with quality, just two days ago we trained about this, but the full-backs didn’t push much, there wasn’t enough intensity, we lost so many defensive duels.
“I cannot say we played badly, but we didn’t do well either and certainly not enough to warrant a 5-1 result. Yes, we have more quality than CSKA Sofia, but we didn’t do enough.”
The 25-year-old’s brace encouraged his teammates and according to the Giallorossi boss, he plans to sign an extension contract.
“He is a player with quality, a great deal of potential and he told me yesterday that he’ll sign the new contract soon. I think it can definitively give more strength to this rapport he is building with the fans.
“Pellegrini is the captain, he will sign a new contract and is very important for us.”
Mourinho was quizzed about the rotation he made in the Europa Conference League when they featured on Thursday.
“The five substitutions give coaches a different way of dealing with games. We had a super bench today and that allowed me to play others. I’ve hinted the fundamental difference between us and other teams is the type of option they can draw on in all areas and we cannot, but there’s time for these lads to grow and become more competitive.”
“Of course, it’s true. We have our limitations, a season is a marathon and we need to control our tempo. I said six wins isn’t 60, just as seven wins won’t be 70. We’re building first of all a team, but we must stay calm and continue to feel this joy between us and the fans.
“When the dark moments come, and they certainly will come, that is when we must be even more of a team, more of a club. I am happy with what we are building, but it’s early days.”
When asked if he tries to drill more determination into the squad, he responded with a typical Jose anecdote.
“The other day during a game between ranks, a player whose team was winning went to get the ball and take the throw-in. I asked what he was doing, he said he wanted to enjoy himself. I told him enjoying yourself means winning and stop being a ****.”
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